This clean chicken burger from our September 2014 meal plan satisfies a burger craving and is ready in 40 minutes.
1 1⁄2 tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
1⁄2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 1⁄4 tsp peeled and minced ginger, divided
1 1⁄4 tsp seeded and minced jalapeño chile pepper, divided
1 1⁄4 tsp fresh lime juice, divided
16 oz lean ground chicken
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3 tbsp diced scallions (white parts only)
1⁄2 tsp chipotle chile powder
4 whole-grain hamburger buns, toasted
1 garden cucumber, peeled, halved and sliced
1 jalapeño chile pepper, halved, seeded and thinly sliced
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, divided
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp coarse sea salt
Prepare aioli: In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, 1⁄2 tsp oil and 1⁄4 tsp each ginger, jalapeño and lime juice. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
Prepare salad: In a medium bowl, combine all salad ingredients. Cover and refrigerate. (TIP:If making salad in advance, wait to add cilantro just before serving.)
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix chicken, 1⁄4 cup cilantro, scallions, chile powder and remaining 1 tsp each ginger, jalapeño and lime juice. Form into 4 4-oz burgers and use your thumb to make a slight indent in center of each. Heat a grill on medium and add patties to grill. Cook, turning once, for 5 to 7 minutes per side, until no longer pink inside.
Divide patties among buns and top each with 1 tsp aioli and 2 tbsp salad; serve remaining salad on the side.
Serving Size: 1 clean chicken burger and 1/2 cup salad
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